D.W. Livingstone: The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work. Critical Perspectives 

The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work. Critical Perspectives

The Future of Lifelong
and Work. Critical Perspectives

D.W. Livingstone
K. Mirchandani

P.H. Sawchuk

Sense Publishers , 2008

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Concern with learning throughout life has become pervasive in market-driven societies. Will most workers need to become more continuous learners in a new knowledge-based economy or will much of their learning be ignored or devalued in relation to their work? These papers critically assess dominant views of learning and work. The book is unique in examining changing relations between learning and work in terms of unpaid work and informal learning as well as paid employment and formal education. The book is organized in terms of five basic themes. General perspectives assesses learning and work relations in the “new economy” in terms of different concepts of learning and work and contending theories of education-employment relations. Social justice looks at uneven dislocating effects of globalization on gender discrimination in information technology work, working conditions in the public sector, student transitions to work, and disability in work and learning. Precarious employment analyzes the general working conditions and learning constraints of temporary, part-time workers, with a particular focus on call centre and garment workers. Apprenticeships offers an international review of the nature and future trajectory of apprenticeship systems and a case study of the challenges of a high school trades preparation program. Multiple literacies identifies needed abilities including coping with diverse cultures, languages and environmental change, as well as use of information technologies.

The material in this volume emerges from the conference on “The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work” held at the University of Toronto in June, 2005. This conference was one of the culminating efforts of the Work and Lifelong Learning international research network based in Canada. The contributions were produced by members of this network as well as associates of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work at OISE/UT, and are complemented by the work of selected, leading international voices in the field of learning and work.   <> 


Introduction: Critical Perspectives on Learning and Work in Turbulent Times
D.W. Livingstone, Kiran Mirchandani and Peter H. Sawchuk


Chapter 1. Mapping the Field of Lifelong (Formal and Informal) Learning and (Paid and Unpaid)Work
D.W. Livingstone

Chapter 2. Just Women’s Stuff: Lifelong Learning through Unpaid Household Work
Margrit Eichler

Chapter 3. Lifelong Learning and the New Economy: Sorting through the  Rhetoric -
Jane Cruikshank

Chapter 4. Human Capital as a Mind of State and Canada as a State of Minds -
Thomas J. Courchene

Chapter 5. Lifelong Learning and Work as ‘Value’ Production: Combining Work and Learning Analysis from a Cultural Historical Perspective  Peter H. Sawchuk

Chapter 6. Art in the Workplace: Innovation and Culture-Based Economic Development in Small Cities
John A. Bratton and W.F. Garrett-Petts

Section Introduction - Peter H. Sawchuk

Chapter 7. The World Turned Upside Down – Again
Stanley Aronowitz

Chapter 8. Lessons of Gender Politics from the Centre and the Fringes of the Knowledge-Based Society
Shauna Butterwick, Kaela Jubas and Jen Liptrot

Chapter 9. ‘Work Around’ or ‘Jerk Around’?: Social Injustice and the Creation of Information and Misinformation in the Ontario Public Service Sector
Deborah Boutilier

Chapter 10. Learning Social Justice? Assessing the Benefits of Work Study Placement for Marginalized Students in Post-Secondary Education
Jan Kaine

Chapter 11. Doing Disability at the Bank: Discovering the Work of Informal Learning/Teaching Done by Disabled Bank Employees
Kathryn Church, Catherine Frazee, Melanie Panitch, Teresa Luciani, and Victoria Bowman

Section Introduction - Kiran Mirchandani

Chapter 12. Precarious Employment and ‘Lifelong Learning’: Challenging the Paradigm of ‘Employability Security’
Leah F. Vosko

Chapter 13. The Paradox of Training and Learning in a Culture of Contingency
Kiran Mirchandani, Roxana Ng, Nel Colomo-Moya, Srabani Maitra,Trudy Rawlings, Khaleda Siddiqui, Hongxia Shan, and Bonnie L. Slade

Chapter 14.     Learning on the Line: Skills, Sociality and Solidarity among Garment Workers
Tara Fenwick

Section Introduction - Peter H. Sawchuk

Chapter 15. Whither(ing) Learning? Apprenticeships and Young People in Europe
Keith Forrester

Chapter 16. Building a Future for High School Students in Trades
Alison Taylor and Bonnie Watt-Malcolm

Section Introduction - D.W. Livingstone

Chapter 17. Implications of Multiple Literacies for Literacy: Instruction in School and Workplace
Jim Cummins

Chapter 18.     From Literacy to Multi-Literacies: Implications for Lifelong Learning and Work
Margaret Early

Chapter 19. ‘Can Volunteer Work Help Me Get a Job in My Field?’ On Learning, Immigration and Labour Markets
Daniel Schugurensky and Bonnie L. Slade

Chapter 20. New Home, New Learning: Chinese Immigrants, Unpaid Housework and Care Work
Lichun (Willa) Liu

Afterword: General Themes and Future Research Directions
D.W. Livingstone, Kiran Mirchandani and Peter H. Sawchuk

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